SOAR Business Park Takes Another Step Forward in Scioto County

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Scioto County Economic Development posted some exciting news for the region on its Facebook page Sunday.

Scioto County Economic Development announcement on its Facebook Page regarding the next step in the development of the SOAR Business Park.

“This week, the Scioto County Commissioners and the Scioto County Economic Development Department took a major step forward in establishing natural gas at the SOAR Business Park being developed at the Greater Regional Airport” the post stated.

The airport is located in Minford, Ohio.

The project is expected to be worth $2.8 million for the Business Park.

“Utility Pipeline Ltd. of Canton, Ohio, will begin the process of planning and building out a distribution network… Grants and other methods of funding are being sought in hopes of starting construction in the near future.”

Groundbreaking could begin before the end of summer 2021.

A aerial perspective of the next step in the development of the SOAR Business Park at the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport in Minford, Ohio. Photo courtesy Scioto County Economic Development Facebook Page

9-Year-Old’s Lemonade Stand Generates Big Donation for Waverly Library

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In an “every-penny-counts” campaign, every little bit makes a big difference.

That was the case over the weekend when 9-year-old Ethan Holbert raised $1,652 with his lemonade stand for the Garnet A. Wilson Library’s building campaign.

Ethan’s lemonade stand gained support as the afternoon his campaign continued throughout the day Saturday. Photos courtesy Amanda Holbert via Facebook.

Natosha Massie, Director of the library told Litter Media “Ethan’s an avid reader. He and his mom saw the sign for our building project and said he wanted to help.”

Massie says the library has been working towards a goal of $3.4 million and over the last few years has managed to raise $1.1 million. The pandemic has slowed fundraising efforts, but Massie hopes Holbert’s event will help re-energize the campaign. “He raised it all in just five hours work… it’s pretty amazing!”

The library purchased three acres of land behind the Waverly Kroger and the Pike County Service Center along Ohio 335 to be closer to Bristol Village for its residents. That’s where Holbert saw the sign which led to an inquiry by his mother Amanda to ask how they could help.

Mayor Greg Kempton waived the permit for Ethan to set up a tent and sell lemonade, which drew the interest of many passersby, including Kempton and the Waverly Police Department. By the end of the day, he Holbert had a sizable donation for the library.

9-year-old Ethan Holbert with Waverly Mayor Greg Kempton. Photo courtesy Amanda Holbert.

Ethan’s mother, Amanda said he though he might get $200 and was astonished with the final tally. “We are very proud of him. The fundraiser definitely exceeded our expectations!”

Earlier this year, the National Endowment for Humanities offered a matching grant to the library for the building project, which is great news. Massie says the library needs to raise $900,000 to receive the match. Unfortunately, the timing of the matching grant offer doesn’t permit back-dating the fundraising and only includes about $30,000 of the monies already raised. But the mission continues.

Massie was named Director in January of 2020, then came the pandemic. It’s been a long 18-month wait to resume promotion of the campaign… and a Saturday afternoon under a roadside tent by a Waverly Elementary student may be just the kickstart the campaign needed.  

An excited Holbert shared his story with the congregation at Morgantown CCCU Sunday morning “At the library, they have a thermometer for totaling the money” said Holbert “and now they’ve got more”.

Since this photo was taken, an additional $50 was donated to raises the total to $1,702. Photo courtesy Amanda Holbert.

To join the Garnet A. Wilson Library fundraising effort, visit https://pikecountylibrary.org/donate.

ODH Urges COVID-19 Precautions at Residential Camps

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COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is urging caution at residential camps following reports of COVID-19 outbreaks linked to two camps in the western part of the state.

ODH has released updated residential camp guidance to advise campers and camp operators of best prevention practices.

The guidance recommends implementing layered prevention tactics at camps attended by any campers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This involves use of multiple strategies that have been shown to be effective at controlling spread of the disease, including masking, social distancing, hand washing, and frequent cleaning and sanitation.

“If not everyone at a residential camp is fully vaccinated, the layering of strategies is critical to protecting campers, staff, and volunteers,” said Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, chief medical officer at ODH. “This is especially important as a new, more contagious strain of COVID-19 settles in our state. Taking these precautions can help reduce the likelihood of spread and allow everyone to safely participate in camp activities.”

The new guidance reiterates universal recommendations for vaccination, masking, distancing, and sanitation. It also offers guidance specific to the camp experience, including cohorting and recommendations on when to wear and when not to wear face masks.

With the recent outbreaks, Dr. Vanderhoff continues to encourage all eligible Ohioans who can safely do so to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccine is currently available for use in anyone 12 or older.

“Vaccination is our most effective tool for preventing COVID-19 and putting the pandemic behind us,” Dr. Vanderhoff said. “These vaccines save lives and will help ensure Ohioans are able to enjoy many more summers to come.”

 COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state, and Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

American Legion Tourney Begins Monday

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Five area American Legion teams will battle in the Ohio Region V Tournament at VA Memorial Stadium beginning Monday.

Three games are set for Monday starting at 9:30am with third seeded Waverly 142 facing fourth seeded Hillsboro 129. The winner plays top seeded Chillicothe 757 at 2:30pm. The second game of the day features second seeded Portsmouth 23 and Yeager 199 at 12pm.

Post 757 and Portsmouth shared the regular season SCOL Championship this summer.

Play continues with games Tuesday at 10am, 1pm and 4pm. The loser’s bracket final is at 2pm Wednesday with the winner playing victor of the winner’s bracket at 5pm. If necessary the teams would play again Thursday at 12pm for the championship if a champion is not declared in the nightcap Wednesday.

Weekend Baseball Round Up

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The Danville Dans scored five runs in their final at bats for a 5-2 win to earn a split of their series with the Chillicothe Paints Sunday.

Chillicothe’s Tyler Ronevich was touched for two runs in the 8th inning and Danville’s Cooper McMurray knocked a three-run homer in the top of the 9th for the winning margin.

The Paints’ Kent Reeser singled in Rylet Preece in the 3rd inning for the early lead and Jake Shier scored on an Alex Ludwick double for a 2-0 lead in the 5th.

Myc Witty worked five scoreless innings before giving way to Ronevich in the 6th inning.

The loss snapped a 4-game winning streak for the Paints.

After an off day Monday, Chillicothe heads to Johnstown for a two game set with the division leading Millrats Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to VA Memorial Stadium for one game stand with West Virginia Thursday.

The American Legion Ohio Region V Tournament will be hosted by the Paints Monday through Thursday.

In MLB action, the Indians won their series with the Athletics in Oakland while the Reds were swept by the Brewers in Cincinnati.

Milwaukee had dropped three straight to the Reds prior to the All-Star Break but rebounded for the sweep at Great American Ball Park with an 8-0 win Sunday.

The Indians doubled up the A’s 4-2 Sunday after splitting the first two games of the weekend.

Cleveland heads to Houston Monday while the Reds home stand continues with the New York Mets.